Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tempting Tuesday: Homemade Coleslaw

Tempting Tuesday: trying not to kill my family with my experimental cooking.

I love coleslaw but store bought always seems to leave a yukkiness in my mouth so I've always wanted to make my own. Turns out it's stupidly easy. Who knew? Haha.

A cabbage (red or white)
3x carrots
1x onion
150ml plain yogurt
4x tbsp mayo

Chop it up, throw it all together. Done.

I only used two carrots,  half a cabbage and half the dressing though, so I should have used less onion. It was kind of tear inducing...lesson learnt.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Make: Tiny World in a Tin

Monday Make: This week's project

After last week's fun with the teeny tiny house I had to make something small again.
Luckily for me, my Mum had been away and come back with a stash of some gorgeous little shell boxes to sell in a gift shop she helps run. They are made of the shiny insides of shells, all softened, glued into shape and then dried. They're amazing and so pearlescent. Even better, they come from a charity working in the Philipines who claim to support the local people there, giving them well paid jobs and the like. I'd be able to tell you more if I could get the website to work but all it says is 'check back later', which I will.

I would have taken some photos of my making process, but to be honest, baby Zander and I were in a little car crash, which left us perfectly healthy, thank goodness, but me a little discombobulated. A teeny tiny project was just what I needed to get my head straight again but I just had to focus on the task in hand and there wasn't space in my head to stop and take photos.

I made the relief section with some paper mache and painted it when it was thoroughly dry.
Then I made my little wire tree (with a lot of patience).
I painted some sand to make it mud coloured and glued it in with a few random tiny rocks.
Glued my tree in and covered the 'ground' in moss to make it grassy. There are a few painstakingly placed flowers in the grass.
And lastly, I filled a section of the cave with some beautiful 'ore', shall we say it's lapis lazuli or sapphire? Who knows.
Completely random I know, but the single apple was inspired by a friend's painting.

Think I need another little box...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sticky Saturday: All About Me Craft Box

Sticky Saturday: messy play fun with kids

This week's box is 'All About Me', which you can buy here and contains a notebook with stickers to decorate it, and person shaped keyring, a little 'all about me' booklet (which you can print off for yourslef - see below), a self portait to colour in, a family tree to fill out and other colouring sheets.
Who doesn't like stickers?

Just print it off as a full page photo and follow the directions below.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Inspiration: Baby Pumps

Friday Inspiration: a picture of anything that makes me want to get creative.

My Mum bought these for Zander. I'd love to make him another pair when he grows out of them, maybe little crochet converse...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#tbt: Free Machine Embroidered Notebooks

Throw back Thursday: taking a look at stuff I've made in the past.

I made these ages ago, and annoyingly they're still sat on my shelf waiting to go in my folksy shop. I will get round to listing them, I will.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wreck it Wednesday: Draw with Glue

Wreck it Wednesday: a page from one of my journals.

About 'Wreck This Journal' by Keri Smith
(Description from Amazon)
It is book for those who've always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it. For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to muster up their best mistake - and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them).
Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts - poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience the true creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.